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ROSCOE, William
On the origin and vicissitudes of literature, science and art, and their influence on the present state of society. A discourse, delivered on the opening of the liverpool royal institution, 25th november, 1817
Liverpool: Printed by Harris and Co., 1817. 79pp, [1]. Contemporary gilt-tooled straight-grained green morocco, A.E.G. Some rubbing and slight discolouration to extremities. Marbled endpapers, lightly foxed. An address delivered to mark the opening of the Liverpool Royal Institution, an educational establishment founded by Roscoe in conjunction with local philanthropic associates - many of whom had had dealings in the slave trade. As first president, Roscoe expresses his desire to see the centre develop into a focal point for the city's culture and scholarship, and indeed the institution would become the foundation for University College, later the University of Liverpool. The extensive examples of early Italian artwork which formed the core of the institution's holdings had once been privately owned by Roscoe, and were presented following an appeal by friends desirous to see the collection remain intact subsequent to their sale resulting from Roscoe's bankruptcy. . First edition. Quarto.
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